Brooker has Plectrum ‘on song’ for Binnaway Cup

The Graeme Brooker-trained Plectrum and Chelsea Ings will contest Saturday’s Binnaway Cup. Photo: Racing Photography.

The Binnaway Cup will be run and won on Saturday, and a good field of eight gallopers will go around in the 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap event. 

One galloper chasing a win in the $12,000 feature is the Graeme Brooker trained Plectrum.

The eight-year-old will arrive in Binnaway with winning form, after the Pluck gelding won the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Gilgandra last month. 

The Baradine galloper hasn’t been seen for six weeks through, and despite the small let-up, Brooker said Plectrum was ‘on song’ for the Binnaway Cup, with Chelsea Ings set to take the ride for connections.

“I think he will go well. He is a good chance, and he is happy and fit,” Brooker said. 

“He is an honest eight-year-old and we have had him there for a while and he has won three races for us and run a heap of placings. 

“This is the right sort of race for him, and he is on song; he is a big chance in the race.”

Brooker has never had a runner in the Binnaway Cup, but he hopes Plectrum can win the feature so he can add the trophy to the mantlepiece alongside his 2019 Tooraweenah Cup.

“I’ve never had a runner in it, this is my first (Binnaway Cup) runner,” Brooker said.

“I won the Tooraweenah Cup with Tattinger back in 2019 and it would be nice to win the Binnaway Cup.”

There has been a lot of rain about, and Binnaway is currently rated as a heavy 9 surface, but Brooker was confident the meeting would go ahead, as long as there was no more rain, and he believes his gelding will handle the rain-affected surface.

 “We are only about an hour and a half from here to Binnaway and we are very happy with him,” Brooker said. 

“It is going to be a very heavy track. He has won on a soft five before and it won’t annoy him, as long as we get no more rain.” 

Brooker will take two runners to Binnaway, with Torrid Affair set to contest the 1300m Maiden Handicap. 

Connections draw gate 5 and Chelsea Ings again takes the ride for the stable, and Brooker believes the former Victorian can run a big race at Binnaway.

“She is going very well, and I’m very happy with her,” Brooker said.

“She got beat two and a half lengths last start, but we have only had three starts with her and she has had horrid draws, but she hadn’t been beaten too far.”

It’s yet another massive day of country racing at Binnaway on Saturday, but action will start tonight with the Binnaway Cup calcutta set to be held at the Exchange Hotel. 

There is a six-race-program on Saturday, which has attracted 61 acceptors, while off track there is fashions and entertainment. 

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